Help choosing kicker size

Discussion in 'Outboards' started by chiroken, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. chiroken
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    chiroken New Member

    Hello everyone,

    I've got an '07 Maxum 1800MX Bowrider with the 135hp Mercruiser. I am going to add a 4 stroke kicker mounted off the rear swim deck. This boat weighs 2000lbs. I am wondering if a 6hp kicker will be able to get me to safety if called upon. Smaller the hp the better, less weight and less cost.

    I will use this kicker periodically for salmon trolling (pacific northwest) and hopefully never as an emergency back-up! Most of it's use will be family "playing" both fresh and salt.

    Thanks in advance for any comments.
  2. ondarvr
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    ondarvr Senior Member

    A 6 will work, bigger is better, but a six will only have problems when the wind and waves get bad, in calm water there won't be any issues.
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